Thursday afternoon, the Chicago Blackhawks and Toronto Maple Leafs made a minor league deal sending defenseman Chad Krys to Toronto in exchange for winger Kurtis Gabriel.
Krys is a 23-year-old defenseman in his third full professional season. The Blackhawks drafted Krys in the 2nd round of the 2016 NHL Entry Draft. He went on to play three seasons with Boston University scoring 20 goals and 38 assists in 105 games. He joined the Rockford IceHogs at the end of his 2018-19 college season. Prior to this trade, he played 64 games for the IceHogs scoring two goals and 13 assists for 15 points. He’s still looking to make his NHL debut.
So, Toronto fans, what are you getting in Chad Krys?
You’re getting a young defenseman who a lot of Blackhawks and IceHogs fans, myself included, wanted to see succeed and jump to the NHL. Of course, it’s typical to root for the players your team draft to be successful in the AHL and hopefully make that jump to the big club – if they don’t make a direct leap. But, there’s just something about Krys that made him a likable guy that was easy to root for. Plus, having effective puck-moving defensemen on your roster has become necessary.
The thing is, he just hasn’t been able to find any consistency in the AHL. Some of that is surely due to the IceHogs having a very young roster that had a lot of turnover before this season. But, the biggest reason is that he’s had horrible injury luck since turning pro at the end of the 2018-19 season. He played 41 games in the 19-20 season. He only played 6 games in the shortened 20-21 season. An injury already kept him out for a few games this year. He’s now back and healthy, but it’s something that the Toronto Marlies are going to have to monitor.
He’s a really smart guy, but his body has not caught up to his brain yet. His defensive game needs work. His puck movement has left a lot to be desired early in this season, but he has made progress. He had a few too many ill-advised passes that led to turnovers at the beginning of the year. He’s cut down on those. He’s also successfully made more defensive plays by hustling back into his zone to stop the attack.
So, I’m not writing him off by saying his game needs work. Krys is young. Injuries have plagued him. He will get better. He just needs the minutes. If he can stay healthy, you’re getting an effective depth defenseman that can chip in some offense. The potential to move up the lineup is definitely there, but staying healthy is the first step.
Krys is a nice kid looking to find his game. Make sure you give him a nice warm welcome to Toronto. Take care of him for us.
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